The Hanukkiah


Hanukkiah display at a mall.

Whereas the candelabrum used in the Temple was seven-branched, the Hanukkiah has 9 branches, 8 for the 8 nights of Hanukkah and the 9th is the “helper” candle, which is used to light the proper number of candles each night.  There are many different styles and designs.  Whether it uses candles or oil does not matter.  However, an electric one is not kosher to use.

Hanukkah begins at sundown, December 17, this year.  Maybe you have never celebrated Hanukkah.  Did you know that it is mentioned in the Bible?  Yes! John 10:22.  Yeshua went up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Dedication.  “Dedication” in Hebrew is Hanukkah!

You have a week still until the holiday begins.  Maybe this would be your opportunity to go get a little hanukkiah and some candles to celebrate with all the Jews around the world.  What is so nice about Biblical Holidays is that we can be drawn closer to the L-rd through them, rather than being drawn away from Him by the chaos and lack of unity in them.


2 thoughts on “The Hanukkiah”

  1. Thank you for letting me know about the electric Hanukkah menorahs not being kosher. Reading this articles gets me all excited about celebrating Hanukkah again this year and drawing close to my Savior and L-rd, Yeshua.

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